MOLLY KNIGHT RASKIN is a freelance journalist who writes and produces for television, documentary film, newspapers and magazines.
Molly is the author of No Better Time; The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet (DaCapo Press, September ’13). She is also producing the documentary film STILL WE RISE in Liberia, W. Africa.
From 2004-2015 Molly regularly contributed stories to the PBS The NewsHour. In 2012 she produced the program’s special “Battleground” election series in six hotly-contested states. In 2015, she produced a series of stories with correspondent Jeffrey Brown in Kenya, E. Africa and Mali, W. Africa on topics including terrorism, poaching and arts/culture at risk. Most recently (2016) Molly worked as a producer on “The Chain” a medical documentary series premiering on MSNBC in January 2017.
Molly began her career at The Baltimore Sun as an editor for the paper’s Sunday book review, then as a Metro news reporter covering crime, courts, education, arts, politics and health/medicine. In three years at the paper, Molly wrote more than 350 stories including front-page features and breaking news.
Molly’s television credits also include two hour-long documentaries for PBS: “Where We Stand: America’s Schools in the 21st Century” and “A Cry for Help: Teenage Mental Illness and Suicide.” She’s also produced short films for non-profits including the Timbuktu Renaissance (narrated by Morgan Freeman) and Strong Minds (narrated by Ashley Judd). Molly serves on the volunteer Board of Strong Minds, which is working to treat women with depression in Uganda.
Molly writes frequently about health/science, with a special interest in mental illness and global health. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Scientific American Mind, Global Post, Psychology Today, The Washington Post and Capitol File. For her coverage of these issues she’s been honored with the 2007 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism and the 2010 American Psychoanalytic Association’s Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Molly earned her MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and her BA from the University of Virginia. She lives outside New York City with her husband and daughters.